Does your dog eat fruit? Mine has developed such a fruit fetish – it’s forced me down the internet rabbit hole to learn more about which fruits are healthy for him to consume.
Jaxson truly loves fruit…
When he was a puppy he would nibble on small pieces of apples and bananas. As he grew – so did his fresh fruit interest. After a while I found myself searching the web-world to learn more about those fruits –
- he could enjoy
- that had the most benefits
- to stay away from
Earlier this year – his palate experienced the culinary delights of a pear…
Pears are a great snack because they’re high in copper and vitamins C and K. Don’t know about you – but I had no doodle-idea what Vitamin K did, so off to the keyboard I flew.
Turns out –
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin instrumental in activating your dog’s blood’s ability to clot.7 Vitamins Your Dog Needs for a Healthy Lifestyle
CURRENTLY LIFE IS PEACHY –
Recently, Jaxson has fallen for the flesh of a peach! …
Loaded with vitamin A, peaches help maintain optimal health particularly with their skin, coat, muscles and nerves.
Low in calories yet high in fiber, peaches can boost the immune system while improving the functions of their liver and kidneys.
To remain on the super-safe side of fruit, I opted to omit the peach skin as well as the pit. Peach flesh only – cut into very small pieces.
One peach – split between the two of them…
Harley wasn’t as enamored as his brother. He sniffed and walked away. Jaxson, shamelessly, dined from both bowls…
KNOW YOUR FRUITS –
Fruits can be a doodlelicious treat for your dog. They’re full of antioxidants, immune boosters, vitamins and offer tremendous benefits such as digestive support.
However it is critical to know AND understand that –
- ALL fruits are not good for your dog
- SOME fruits may cause allergic reactions – so tread with small doses initially
- FEW are high in sugar – therefore must be rationed as a true treat
I found a list of the 13 best fruits for dogs to eat and saw a couple we haven’t tried.
Which ones are on this list that YOUR dog loves to nibble on? –
- Apples: both Doods enjoy them, great source of potassium too
- Bananas: definitely not a favorite with Harley, but Jaxson loves them
- Blackberries: haven’t tried them yet – great source of antioxidants
- Blueberries: the three of us (yep – me too!) love to eat these frozen!
- Cantaloupe: great multi vitamin source – a hit here in Doodleville
- Cranberries: I might stew them and add to food ocassionally
- Kiwi: this would be a new fruit food for them
- Oranges: never would have guessed
- Pears: a hit with Jax – Harley has to be in “the mood”
- Pumpkin: only served pureed in their food a few times a month
- Raspberries: like the blackberry – haven’t served it yet
- Strawberries: Harley’s all time favorite, Jaxson’s too
- Watermelon: they both love it – I can’t eat it alone EVER!
TIPS FOR FEEDING FRUIT TO YOUR DOG –
Feed fruits to your dog as a small training treat or stuff his favorite dog toys with some peanut butter and fruit for a great and healthy occupier.Pet Central
Here are some other tips:
- Always talk to your veterinarian about any treats you feed your dog, including fruit.
- Give your dog small portions of fruit only, especially the first time feeding them to your dog. Even though fruit is good for him, fruit is not calorie free. Also, you don’t know if your dog will have an allergic or other adverse reaction, such as gas or an upset stomach.
- Clean fruit thoroughly before offering it to your dog.
- If you can, introduce small portions of fruit to your dog when he is young. He may be more likely to try it and like it.
- Some dogs don’t like raw fruit. Try mashing it into their food or adding it as an ingredient when you make homemade dog treats. You can also use fruit juice, but make sure it is 100 percent fruit juice and not added sugars.
- Avoid feeding your dog any type of seeds or pits. Although not all seeds are known to cause problems, it is better to be safe than sorry. What is known to be problematic or toxic are apple seeds, apricot pits, nectarine pits, plum pits, cherry pits and peach pits
In addition to these tips, this site also has really “simple to make” recipes incorporating each of the 13 recommended fruits.
Does your dog eat fruit? Do tell…
Have a great day on purpose ❤️